Pair of Japanese Yarisaya
The Yari is a spear which, due to its very long length was also used as a standard in ceremonial processions. The blade of the spear would be encased in a shaped cover, a yarisaya, of thick bear or horsehair which when carried in a group high in the air above the samurai would have looked very striking.
This shape is Jumonji (cross shaped) and each is formed over a lacquered base. The tightly textured yari to the right is of bear fur and that on the left is of horse hair.
Art of Armor, Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection - Examples p 304 No. 89. pub. Yale University Press
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